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Junior Assembly Presentation Preparing for after high school
Agenda After high school Words of Wisdom Preparing for a College Search Scholarships Next Steps for Juniors
After High School Career/Employment Military Technical/Vocational Junior/Community Public or Private Four Year
Self-Examination The answers will help you chart a productive future path. 1. List your strengths, talents, aptitudes, abilities? 2. Name four or five careers to which you can realistically aspire? 3. Describe where you want to go and what you want to do in life? In 5 years? In 10 years? 4. Do you really need college to get where you want to go?
Self-Examination, Continued Purpose: academic goals, career interests, etc. Values: cost, social, geographic, activities, etc. Merit: academic interests and abilities Personality: What kinds of people and places do I usually choose to be around? With whom and where do I learn/perform best?
Words of Wisdom If you don’t have a major, it’s OK. More than half of new college students say a very important reason for going to college is “to find my purpose in life.”
Discuss Why college? What do I want to get out of college? What special talents and interests will I bring to a new community of learners?
Career What career do you hope to pursue? Need help finding a career? www.careercruising.com Username: lisle Password: careers www.collegeboard.org Click on “Explore Majors and Careers ” under See what's new in BigFuture www.careercruising.com www.collegeboard.orgwhat's new
Words of Wisdom You don’t need to go far away. 88% of high school students go to college in their home state.
Words of Wisdom Relax… 70% of colleges accept an average of 70% of their applicants.
Discuss Share with your teachers and parents your thoughts about your future. What sets you apart? Complete junior questionnaire.
Types of Colleges TypeDescriptionTuitionAdmission Requirements Two year Degrees offered: Associates Provides: A way to ease into college / take general college classes for credit. Typically have agreements with four year colleges to transfer credits. Typically around $4,000/year Open-door admission policy
Types of Colleges TypeDescriptionTuitionAdmission Requirements Four year Degrees offered: Bachelors and beyond Provides: A well-rounded college experience that includes an academic area of study. State: Typically under $15,000/year Private: Typically more than $20,000/year SAT or ACT GPA Class rank Essay Extracurricular activities Letters of recommendation Transcripts
Financial Fit www.collegecountdown.com Discover the colleges your family can afford. May help alleviate tension between you and your parents. Provides a great conversation piece and you will have more of an idea of your families finances. November 1 st – College Night website presentation.
Choosing Your College Priorities Discuss What is important to you? Location Academics Size Campus Appeal Social Life Total Cost – Including aid
Good Fit www.collegeboard.org www.cappex.com www.firstinthefamily.org www.zinch.com Many other sites to explore!
About College Admission Tests ACT – Consists of four tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science – Writing component is recommended – Top composite score is 36 – State ACT vs. National ACT Offered during the weekOn a Saturday State paysIndividual pays Counselor registers individualIndividual registers Part of the PSAE in the spring No writing – www.actstudent.org to register for a National ACT (CEEB 142628) www.actstudent.org SAT – Consists of three tests: Reading, Math, Writing – Each test is scored on a scale of 200-800 – www.collegeboard.com to register (CEEB 142628) www.collegeboard.com
What information do college admission officers review? Grades / Overall GPA Strength of high school course selections Admission Test Score (www.fairtest.org) Essay Teacher and counselor recommendations Class rank Student’s demonstrated interest Personal accomplishments Personality characteristics Courses in progress Junior and Senior year Facebook/Twitter - any multimedia facet
Collecting College Information – Where to go Cappex.com - College search made simple. Your first stop to kick-start your college and scholarship search nacacnet.org - National Association for College Admission Counseling. Offers national college fair information and articles about the college process collegeboard.org - Information about the SAT and college and scholarship search act.org - Information about the ACT test actstudent.org – to register for ACT collegecountdown.com – discover your financial fit
Merit Scholarship Tips Merit scholarships are where the money is. There is more than $11 billion in merit scholarships available to students from colleges Not just for “A” students Many awards emphasize leadership or school involvement Nearly all colleges offer merit aid scholarships The average merit scholarship is $5,000 Many awards can be renewed year after year
Scholarship Resources Fastweb.com - Private scholarships fafsa.ed.gov - Free Application for Federal Student Aid January 1 of your senior year Studentaid.ed.gov - The federal government’s website about paying for college MeritAid.com - $11 billion in merit scholarships Cappex.com - Scholarship matching finaid.org - Free student resource for learning about all types of financial aid collegeboard.org – scholarship search Senior Assembly - 2013
Next Steps for Juniors In School Stay focused on academics Do not lighten your academic load for senior year Meet with your school counselor Stay involved in school activities Standardized Testing Prepare for and register for ACT / SAT tests Register for AP tests as appropriate College Exploration Explore colleges on the Web Visit colleges if you can Meet with college representatives Attend college fairs Professional email address/voicemail/etc.
Lisle High School’s Timeline College Night – November 1 st (Registration due October 30 th ) April 23 rd and 24 th – PSAE Begin applying September 1, 2013 August – Senior Assembly Complete FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid – January 1, 2014 February 2014 - COD hosts the FAFSA made easy FAFSA Workshop - LSHS Final Decision – May 1, 2014